It’s the middle of the year, but already holiday films are being prepared as 63-year-old Academy Award -winner Mel Gibson makes his big screen return in “Fatman”, a Christmas film directed by brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms where he will play the jolly figure Santa Claus.
But this won’t be your ordinary holiday movie. The Nelms brothers’ script will feature a rowdy and unorthodox Santa (an ideal role for the controversial Gibson) who faces a decline in his business. To make matters worse, a neglected 12-year-old named Billy hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus when he finds a lump of coal in his stocking.
“This rowdy Santa tale is a film we’ve been excited to make for some time and we’re thrilled to have equally passionate partners in Rough House and Fortitude (who will produce the film, along with Skywolf) who carry the same fire!” said the Nelms brothers.
Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros said she was “excited to be working with the incredibly talented Nelms Brothers who have written a unique, highly entertaining script. Mel is the perfect choice as Kris Kringle like we’ve never seen him before. I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch this darkly comedic Christmas film come to life.”
Other members of the cast have yet to be announced, but filming is scheduled to begin in Canada by early 2020. In the meantime, Gibson has other films to look forward to such as Boss Level with Naomi Watts. The Braveheart actor is also set to begin working on a Passion of the Christ sequel, with Jim Caviezel reprising his role as Jesus Christ.
Story from AFP.
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